Prince of Peace

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David […]

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Hernandez: A Spiritual Biography of Henri Nouwen, Part 1

Hernandez, Wil. 2006. Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection. New York: Paulist Press. (Goto part 2, goto part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Sometimes we read biographies to learn about the lives of interesting people. These biographies normally shine a light into corners of life where we might normally not stray. They substitute in many […]

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Make Peace—Embody Shalom

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matt. 5:9 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The seventh beatitude focuses on peacemaking. Here we move from tension with ourselves and tension with God to tension with others.  Peacemaking embodies them all. What does it mean to be a peacemaker? The absence of […]

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Benner Cares Spiritually Through Dialogue—Part 2

David G. Benner. 1998.  Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. (Goto part 1) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra An important motive for writing my book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality[1], was the observation that the current fascination with spirituality has neglected the traditional teaching of the church. The Apostle’s […]

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Benner Cares Spiritually Through Dialogue—Part 1

David G. Benner. 1998.  Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. (Goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra One distinctive of biblical faith is that each human being is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). One practical implication of this image doctrine is that when you speak […]

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